31 May 2021

Morning headlines – May 31st 2021

Florin Jipa

Image source: HQ MNDSE

Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: In the last 24 hours, more than 69.000 people got vaccinated (more than 44.000 with both doses). Totally, more than 4.2 million people got the vaccine, with more than 3.5 getting both doses.
  • Coronavirus in Romania: In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 158 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 29 deaths and in ICU there are now 443 people hospitalized.
  • We are getting the biggest Pfizer/BioNTech vaccin batch. Romania gets on Monday the biggest vaccine batch, composed of 1.091.610 doses, produced by Pfizer BioNTech, said the CNCAV. The doses will be distributed to the Bucharest, Constanta, Cluj and Timisoara deposit centers.

Global political and military events

  • The end of Netanyahu’s leadership in Israel. Naftali Bennet, the leader of the Yamina Party (nationalist right) has announced on Sunday that he will form a national unity government with the Yesh Atid Party (centre) leader, Yair Lapid, says Mediafax. Benjamin Netanyahu, aged 71, who is being investigated for fraud, led the country for 12 years and he ran the Israeli political stage for a generation. Netanyahu’s party, Likud, did not get a decisive majority at the general elections from March. It was the fourth indecisive vote in two years.
  • Kidnappings in Nigeria. A big number of kids were kidnapped by armed people from an Islamic school Salihu Tanko, in North Nigeria, where kidnappings are increasing, says CNN.
  • The United States have used the Danish Secrete Services to spy on the European leaders. The United States have spied the European political leaders, among them the German chancellor Angela Merkel, with the help of Danish Intelligence, said the results of a journalistic investigation jointly developed by many TV channels and European magazines, says Digi24.
  • Poland’s president goes to Turkey to get drones. President Andrzej Duda will meet, today, the Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to sign the procurement contract of 24 Bayraktar TB2 drones.

Romania’s defence and security

  • The Euro-Atlantic Centre for Resilience will be inaugurated today. NATO and Romanians officials will participate, today, in Bucharest, at the inauguration of the Euro-Atlantic Centre for Resilience.
  • Visit at the Headquarters Multinational Division South East. The NATO Deputy Secretary General, Mircea Geoana, the minister of National Defence, Nicolae Ciuca, the president of the NATO Military Committee, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach and the chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, general-lieutenant Daniel Petrescu will have a press conference today at the Headquarters Multinational Division South East.